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Achieving Zero Hunger Requires Renewed Focus On Malnourished In Middle Income Countries

Huffington Post: Where Do the World’s Hungriest People Live? Not Where You Think Shenngen Fan, economist and director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute “…It may be a surprise that the majority of the world’s hungry and malnourished live in large Middle Income Countries (MICs), some of which…

System-Wide Approach Needed To Improve Road Safety In India

The Lancet: India needs shift in thinking to improve road safety Dinesh C. Sharma, journalist, columnist, and author based in New Delhi “A new road safety law is under discussion in India but experts worry that it won’t go far enough to address the country’s huge burden of road traffic…

Engagement Of Global Community In China-Africa Health Collaboration Needed For Success

The Lancet: China-Africa Health Collaboration Editorial Board “The 5th International Roundtable on China-Africa Health Collaboration: Contributing to Universal Health Coverage (UHC), Expanding Access to Essential Medicines … took place in Beijing last week (March 26–28). … The roundtable endorsed the Beijing Policy Recommendations 2015 — calling for collaboration to reflect…

WHO To Certify SE Asia Region As Polio-Free

LiveMint: WHO to certify South-East Asia as polio free next week “The World Health Organisation (WHO) will certify the South-East Asia region that comprises of 11 countries including India as polio free on 27 March. … South-East Asia will be the fourth geographical zone to join the polio free region…

Local Research Should Be Applied To NTD Efforts In Indonesia, Scientists Say

SciDev.net: Diseases could stymie Indonesia’s future growth “Now among the world’s twenty largest economies, Indonesia may encounter threats to its future growth owing to currently high rates of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) afflicting its citizens, a journal article warns…” (Rochmyaningsih, 3/18).

WHO TB Elimination Strategy In China Helps To Reduce TB Prevalence

VOA News: China Cuts Number of TB Cases in Half “Over the past 20 years, China has slashed its tuberculosis rate by more than 50 percent by broadly applying the World Health Organization’s strategy for TB elimination. Experts say the outcome is proof tuberculosis can be vanquished through an aggressive…

Vision Impairment In India Is Preventable, But Treatment Not Always Accessible

GlobalPost: A common cause of blindness in India is preventable, but treatment is not always accessible “… 8 million people are blind due to what’s called ‘refractive error,’ when the eye cannot clearly focus images, a condition that usually crops up in childhood. … Uncorrected refractive error is one of…

New Dollar-A-Dose Rotavirus Vaccine Attains Clinical Success In India

Stanford Medicine’s “Scope” blog discusses results of a study recently published in The Lancet on the efficacy of a rotavirus vaccine in India. The vaccine was spearheaded by an Indian biotechnology company, Bharat Biotech, and “has leaped the safety and efficacy thresholds of a late-stage clinical trial, in which more…

Dengue ‘Hot Spots’ In Fiji Increase

The Fiji Times reports on a dengue fever outbreak in the country. The Fiji Times: Dengue hot spots increase “People living in the Western Division [of Fiji] are being urged to take the necessary precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus because cases are now being…